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Webber wins at Interlagos

Saturday’s qualifying session for the last race of the season was once again dominated by Sebastian Vettel who did his fastest lap in 1m 11.918s. His lap was quicker than Webber’s by only 0.181s, while Button and Hamilton grabbed the third and fourth place on the grid, ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso and Nico Rosberg from Mercedes GP. With this pole position, the double world champion Sebastian Vettel has beaten Nigel Mansell’s 1992 record for the most poles in one season. However, Mansell had only 16 races to grab 14 pole positions.

Here are the results of the qualifying session for the last race of the season:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 11.918s
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 12.099s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 12.283s
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 12.480s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 12.591s
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 13.050s
7 Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 13.068s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 13.298s
9. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault 1m 13.761s
10. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes no time Q3

11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 13.584s
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 13.801s
13. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 13.804s
14. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 13.919s
15. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 14.053s
16. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 14.129s
17. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 14.182s

18. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 14.625s
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 15.068s
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 15.358s
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 16.631s
22. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 16.890s
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 17.019s
24. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 17.060s

As for the race, it was the first win of the season for Mark Webber but many people consider it as not being a fair one, since Vettel had some mysterious gearbox problems with his car. We say mysterious because after Webber passed him those problems disappeared and Vettel had no problems holding on to his second place despite the fact that the second and third gear were apparently not working. The problems with the gearbox were only obvious until the moment Webber took the first place. After that, it was smooth sailing for both Red Bull drivers.

Lewis Hamilton had to retire from the race because of some real problems with the car’s gearbox, while the third place on the podium was occupied by Button who managed to secure the second place on the end of the season, ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso who finished the Brazilian GP in fourth place. Massa managed to finish the Interlagos race on fifth place, followed by Adrian Sutil from Force India who grabbed the sixth place.

On the seventh spot finished Nico Rosberg from Mercedes GP, followed by Paul di Resta, Kobayashi and Renault’s Vitaly Petrov. The seven times world champion Michael Schumacher had to settle for a disappointing 15th place, while local driver Rubens Barrichello was one place ahead of Schumi. This was probably the last race for Rubens in his career that started 19 years ago.

Here are the results of the 2011 Brazilian GP:

1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 71 laps 1hr 32m 17.434s
2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 16.9s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 27.6s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 35.0s
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +01m 06.7s
6. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
8. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
9. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +1 lap

11. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
12. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
13. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
14. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
15. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
16. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +2 laps
17. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault +2 laps
18. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault +2 laps
19. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth +3 lap
20. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth +3 laps

These are the final drivers’ standings for the 2011 F1 season:

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
392
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
270
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
258
4 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
257
5 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
227
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
118
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
89
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
76
9 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
42
10 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
37
11 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
34
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
30
13 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
27
14 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
26
15 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
15
16 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
14
17 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault GP
2
19 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
1
20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
0

And here are how things look in the constructors’ championship:

POSITION TEAM POINTS
1 Red Bull Racing
650
2 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
497
3 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
375
4 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
165
5 Lotus Renault GP
73
6 Force India F1 Team
69
7 Sauber F1 Team
44
8 Scuderia Toro Rosso
41
9 AT&T Williams
5
10 Team Lotus
0
= Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Marussia Virgin Racing
0

Pole and victory for Vettel in India

Last weekend we saw the first Formula 1 race that was organized in India, and to be honest it was one of the most boring races I have seen in the last few years. Saturday during the qualifying session Vettel managed to grab the pole position for the inaugural Indian GP, even though that there were some speculations that he will try to “engineer” a win for his teammate Webber in his attempt to grab the victory.

With a time of 1m 24.178 seconds, Vettel secured his 13th pole of the season and he was three tenths of a second faster than Hamilton, but Lewis started yesterday’s race from fifth because of a rule infringement during Friday’s practice session. Webber came in third, followed by Alonso, Button and Massa.

Here’s what happened in the qualifying session for the 2011 Indian Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 24.178s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 24.474s**
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 24.508s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 24.519s
5. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 24.950s
6 Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 25.122s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 25.451s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes no time Q3
9. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari no time Q3
10. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari no time Q3

11. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 26.319s*
12. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 36.337s
13. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 26.503s
14. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 26.537s
15. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault 1m 26.651s
16. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 27.247s
17. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 27.562s**

18. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 27.876s
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 28.565s
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 28.752s
21. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 30.216s*
22. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 1m 30.238s*
23. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 30.866s
24. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 34.046s

After obtaining the pole position, Sunday’s race was a walk in the park for Sebastian Vettel who never lost the lead and won yet another race in this season which he dominated. Button grabbed the second place on the podium after passing Ferrari’s Alonso who had to settle for the third place. Mark Webber finished on the fourth position.

It was yet another incident between Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa from which the latter had to suffer as the stewards considered him guilty of the incident and he was penalized with a drive-through. Later on, Massa retired from the race after destroying his suspension as he rumbled over a kerb.

Michael Schumacher came in fifth place, in front of his teammate Nico Rosberg.

Here are the results of the 2011 Indian GP:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 60 laps 1hr 30m 35.002s
2. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 08.4s
3. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 24.3s
4. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 25.5s
5. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +01m 05.4s
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +01m 06.8s
7. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +01m 24.1s
8. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
10. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

11. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +1 lap
12. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault +1 lap
13. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
14. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +2 laps
15. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +2 laps
16. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth +3 laps
17. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth +3 laps
18. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth +3 laps
19. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault +5 laps

Rtd. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 32 laps completed
Rtd. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 24 laps completed
Rtd. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 12 laps completed
Rtd. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 2 laps completed
Rtd. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 0 laps completed

With only two races to go, here’s the situation in the drivers’ standings:

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
374
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
240
3 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
227
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
221
5 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
202
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
98
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
75
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
70
9 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
36
10 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
34
11 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
30
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
27
13 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
26
14 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
21
15 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
15
16 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
14
17 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault GP
2
19 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
1
20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
0

 

The standings in the constructors’ championship looks this way:

POSITION TEAM POINTS
1 Red Bull Racing
595
2 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
442
3 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
325
4 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
145
5 Lotus Renault GP
72
6 Force India F1 Team
51
7 Sauber F1 Team
41
= Scuderia Toro Rosso
41
9 AT&T Williams
5
10 Team Lotus
0
= Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Marussia Virgin Racing
0

The last two races of the season will occur on the 11-13 November weekend in Abu Dhabi and on 25-27 November in Brazil.

New Jersey will host 2013 F1 U.S. grand prix

There have been some rumors in the last few months about the possibility of another United States GP in the Formula One competition, but nothing certain. It seems that the Korean GP organizers are having serious problems since in the last two years they’ve lost a lot of money hosting the F1 race, but Bernie Ecclestone has refused to lower the fees that the organizers have to pay.

For this reason, the Korean GP will be replaced by the U.S. GP which will be held in New Jersey starting with 2013. The governor Chris Christie confirmed this return and added that “up to 100,000 people are expected to attend each race.”

As a reminder, the last time when United States hosted a race in F1 was back in 2007 at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Aside from New Jersey, starting with next year the Formula One calendar will also include the race in Austin, Texas for which a contract has been signed for a period of nine years so in two years we’ll have two GPs on American grounds.

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Pole For Hamilton, Win For Vettel In Korea

It has been almost a year since another driver besides Vettel or Webber from Red Bull claimed the pole position. Lewis Hamilton won yesterday’s qualifying session for the Korean Grand Prix, putting an end to a Red Bull domination that lasted 16 races. Here are the full results of the qualifying session:

1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 35.820s
2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 36.042s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 36.126s
4. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 36.468s
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 36.831s
6. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 36.980s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 37.754s
8. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 38.124s
9. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes no time Q3
10. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes no time Q3

11. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 38.315s
12. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 38.354s
13. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 38.508s
14. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 38.775s
15. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault 1m 38.791s
16. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 39.189s
17. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 39.443s

18. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 39.538s
19. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 40.522s
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 41.101s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 42.091s
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 43.483s
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 43.758s
22. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth no time

As for the race, it was yet another win for the double world champion Sebastian Vettel who started the race from the second position of the grid. He managed to overtake Hamilton on the first lap of the race and he didn’t lose the lead at all, crossing the finish line 12 seconds ahead of Lewis. After Hamilton came Jenson Button and Ferrari’s Alonso. This was the 10th win of the season for Vettel which means that he still has chances of matching Schumacher’s record of 13 wins in one season.

These are the results of the 2011 F1 Korean Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 55 laps 1hr 38m 01.994s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 12.0s
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 12.4s
4. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 14.6s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 15.6s
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 25.1s
7. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +00m 49.5s
8. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 54.0s
9. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +01m 02.7s
10. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +01m 08.6s

11. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +01m 11.2s
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +01m 33.0s
13. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault +1 lap
14. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +1 lap
15. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
16. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap
17. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault +1 lap
18. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth +1 lap
19. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth +1 lap
20. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth +1 lap
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth +3 laps

Rtd Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 30 laps completed
Rtd Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 16 laps completed
Rtd Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 15 laps completed

There are going to be three more races in this year’s season of the F1 championship and the situation in the drivers’ standings so far looks this way:

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
349
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
222
3 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
212
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
209
5 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
196
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
98
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
67
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
60
9 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
36
10 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
34
11 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
28
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
27
13 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
22
14 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
21
15 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
15
16 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
13
17 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault GP
2
19 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
1
20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
0

 

With today’s win, Red Bull Racing has won its second consecutive title in the constructors’ championship:

POSITION TEAM POINTS
1 Red Bull Racing
558
2 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
418
3 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
310
4 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
127
5 Lotus Renault GP
72
6 Force India F1 Team
49
7 Sauber F1 Team
40
8 Scuderia Toro Rosso
37
9 AT&T Williams
5
10 Team Lotus
0
= Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Marussia Virgin Racing
0

Top 5 Best F1 Drivers

It is quite hard to narrow down the list of the best F1 drivers to just five because throughout the history of the competition there were a lot of great drivers. In addition, it is rather difficult to compare a pilot that raced during the 70s with one of today’s contenders. As a consequence, we fully understand if you do not agree with some of the pilots we’ll name.

Nigel Mansell

05. Nigel Mansell - born in UK, he participated in 187 GPs, winning 31 of them and one championship in 1992. He managed to win his only title while driving a Williams and after that he went to Ferrari where after his first victory was hailed by fans as “Il Leone” (the Lion). After leaving the world of F1 he went into the United States where he won the IndyCar title, managing to become the only driver in the world to win both an F1 title and an IndyCar championship.

Juan Manuel Fangio

04. Juan Manuel Fangio - one of the greatest drivers Argentina gave to the world of F1. He raced in 51 GPs and won 24 of them. In 48 of these races he started from the front of the grid and ended up winning almost half of them. What’s even more impressive is that he has five world championships which he won in 1951, 1954, 1955, 1956 and 1957. His first victory came when he was 47 years old.

Alain Prost

03. Alain Prost – probably the best French F1 driver ever, he raced for 199 in the competition, managing to grab 51 wins and four titles: 1985, 1986, 1989 and 1993. Nicknamed “The Professor”, he will always be remembered for the way in which he meticulously prepared his victories, refusing to take any sort of risks and getting involved in altercations with other F1 drivers. One commentator said something which purely defines Prost’s style of driving: “the faster he went, the slower he looked.”

Michael Schumacher

02. Michael Schumacher - if naming the best F1 driver in the world would be done by the numbers of wins and championships, the German would be the king. He won 91 races so far, out of almost 300 GPs and he has been the champion of the competition for seven times: in 1994 and 1995 with Benetton Renault, while the other five consecutive titles (2000-2005) were obtained while he was at Ferrari. Fully dedicated to this sport, he is still capable of winning a championship if he has the appropriate car and  hopefully he will get it next year so that he could put an end to Vettel’s domination.

Ayrton Senna

01. Ayrton Senna – we can write dozens of articles about him but words can’t describe how epic Senna was. He raced in 161 GPs, managing to win 41 of them and three world championships: 1988, 1990 and 1991. Some consider him as being the forerunner of the modern grand-prix car as he was fully dedicated to building the perfect F1 and his technical abilities were exceptional. He truly was a complete driver: fast, skillful, brave, daring and capable of offering a lot of excitement. Unfortunately, he died in 1994 in what could have been probably the most interesting F1 season in all its history, with Senna and Schumacher going head-to-head for the trophy.

Button Wins At Suzuka, Vettel Becomes Youngest Double F1 Champion

Although he wanted to win, he had to settle for the third place after today’s Suzuka race, a third place which was enough for Sebastian Vettel to win his second consecutive championship tile, while Button won a very exciting race. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso tried very hard to overtake Button in the last laps of the race but in the end he grabbed the second place.

Sebastian Vettel has now joined a very exclusive club as he is only the ninth driver in the F1 history to win successive titles. The other drivers that managed to do this are Fernando Alonso, Mika Hakkinen, Michael Schumacher (five titles in a row), Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Jack Brabham, Juan Manuel Fangio and Alberto Ascari.

The former youngest driver to win two titles was Alonso who won his championships with Renault back in 2005 and 2006. At 24 years and 99 days, Vettel has managed to break that record, being about one year younger than the Spaniard.

There are 100 points left in the championship to win but Vettel has a 114 points lead over Button so nothing can happen as far as the first place is concerned in Korea next weekend and after that in India, Abu Dhabi and Brazil. The constructors’ title is still up for grabs but Red Bull has a huge lead over McLaren Mercedes and chances are slim that RBR could lose it.

The start of the race was pretty interesting as there was a fierce battle between Vettel and Button and although the German managed to stay in front, Sebastian lost the first place of the race on lap 19 when he decided to go and change tires. Jenson Button staid for one extra lap and he managed to win a few precious seconds that allowed him to get in front of Vettel.

Hamilton and Massa had an incident once again and the Brazilian lost the right front-wing endplate of his Ferrari. Needless to say, the race’s stewards announced an investigation of this incident, which was the fourth of the year, but no measures were taken. Hamilton eventually finished behind Webber and in front of Michael Schumacher and Massa.

Here are the full results of the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix held at Suzuka:

1. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 53 laps 1hr 30m 53.427s
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 01.1s
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 02.0s
4. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 08.0s
5. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 24.2s
6. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 27.1s
7. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 28.2s
8. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +00m 39.3s
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +00m 42.6s
10. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +00m 44.3s

11. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 54.4s
12. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +00m 62.3s
13. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +00m 63.7s
14. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +00m 64.1s
15. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +01m 06.6s
16. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault +01m 12.6s
17. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth +01m 14.1s
18. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +01m 27.8s
19. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault +01m 36.1s
20. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps
21. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps
22. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth +2 laps
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth +3 laps

Rtd Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 9 laps completed

Here’s the situation in the drivers’ standings before the last four races of the season:

POSITION DRIVER TEAM POINTS
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
324
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
210
3 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
202
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
194
5 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
178
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
90
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
63
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
60
9 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
36
10 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
34
11 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
28
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
27
13 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
20
14 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
16
15 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
13
= Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
13
17 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault GP
2
19 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
1
20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
0

 

The title for the constructors’ championship is pretty much settled as Red Bull has a lead of 130 points:

POSITION TEAM POINTS
1 Red Bull Racing
518
2 Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
388
3 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
292
4 Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
123
5 Lotus Renault GP
72
6 Force India F1 Team
48
7 Sauber F1 Team
40
8 Scuderia Toro Rosso
29
9 AT&T Williams
5
10 Team Lotus
0
= Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Marussia Virgin Racing
0
Standings

Vettel Grabs Pole Position At Suzuka

After tomorrow’s Japan F1 GP we’ll probably write that Sebastian Vettel has become the world champion for the second time in his career as he only needs one more point to grab his second consecutive title, which is going to make him the youngest Formula 1 driver that has won two trophies.

Anyway, in today’s qualifying session at Suzuka, the 24-year-old German managed to be faster than Jenson Button from McLaren Mercedes by only nine thousandths of a second in what was a very exciting session. From 15 races so far, Vettel won 12 pole positions and this is his fifth consecutive one and at the same time is Red Bull’s 16th in a row if we count the end of last season.

Button was the fastest driver in all of the three practice sessions and he is probably the only one who could delay Vettel’s title. Lewis Hamilton will start from the 3rd place of the grid after he did his fastest lap in 1m 30.446s. In fourth and fifth we’ll find Ferrari’s Massa and Alonso, respectively. They will be followed by Mark Webber and Schumacher.

Here are the full results of the qualifying session for the 2011 Japan Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.466s
2. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 30.475s
3. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 30.617s
4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.804s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.886s
6. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 31.156s
7. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes no time Q3
8. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault no time Q3
9. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault no time Q3
10. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari no time Q3

11. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 32.463s
12. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 32.746s
13. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 33.079s
14. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 33.224s
15. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 33.227s
16. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 33.427s
17. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari no time Q2

18. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 35.454s
19. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 35.514s
20 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 36.439s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 36.507s
22. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 37.846s
23. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes no time
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth no time

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Pole & Victory For Vettel At Singapore GP

Sebastian Vettel (2011 Singapore GP)

It was a rather boring qualifying session and race last weekend in Singapore because Sebastian Vettel once again dominated.  It was his seventh pole position of the season and by winning the race he only needs one more point to become world champion for the second time in a row.

Here are the results of the qualifying session:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 44.381s
2. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 44.732s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 44.804s
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 44.809s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 44.874s
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 45.800s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 46.013s
8. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes No time
9. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes No time
10. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes No time

11. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 47.616s
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 48.082s
13. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 48.270s
14. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 48.634s
15. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault 1m 48.662s
16. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 49.862s
17 Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari No time

18. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 49.835s
19 Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 50.948s
20. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 51.012s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 52.154s
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 52.363s
23. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 52.404s
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 52.810s

And here are the results of the race:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 61 laps 1hr 59m 06.757s
2. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 01.7s
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 29.2s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 55.4s
5. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +01m 07.7s
6. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +01m 51.0s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +1 lap
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
9. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +1 lap
10. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap

11. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
12. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
13. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
14. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari +2 laps
15. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault +2 laps
16. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +2 laps
17. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault +2 laps
18. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps
19. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth +4 laps
20. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth +4 laps

In the drivers’ championship, the only real battle now is for the second place where Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber are separated by only three points.

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
309
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
185
3 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
184
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
182
5 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
168
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
84
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
62
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
52
9 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
34
= Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
34
11 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
28
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
27
13 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
20
14 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
16
15 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
13
16 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
9
17 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault GP
2
19 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
1
20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
0

 

As far as the constructors’ championship standings are concerned, things are pretty much settled, with Red Bull in first place, followed by McLaren Mercedes and Ferrari.

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
309
2 Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
185
3 Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
184
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
182
5 Lewis Hamilton Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
168
6 Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
84
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
62
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team
52
9 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
34
= Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
34
11 Adrian Sutil Force India F1 Team
28
12 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber F1 Team
27
13 Paul di Resta Force India F1 Team
20
14 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
16
15 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
13
16 Sergio Perez Sauber F1 Team
9
17 Rubens Barrichello AT&T Williams
4
18 Bruno Senna Lotus Renault GP
2
19 Pastor Maldonado AT&T Williams
1
20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
0
= Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
0
= Narain Karthikeyan Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Vitantonio Liuzzi Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Jerome d’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing
0
= Daniel Ricciardo Hispania Racing F1 Team
0
= Karun Chandhok Team Lotus
0

 

Singapore was the 14th race of the season and the next one will be in Japan at Suzuka on October 9th where Red Bull will probably take the win once again, killing the fun for all of F1 fans out there.

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Pole And Victory For Vettel At Monza

Sebastian Vettel (Monza 2011)

It is safe to say right now that the battle for the F1 drivers’ championship is over as Sebastian Vettel managed to win yet another race this season, this time the Italian Grand Prix organized on the legendary Monza circuit.

Although some experts said that Red Bull is not a favorite to win this GP, Sebastian Vettel managed to grab the pole position on Saturday with his fastest lap that was done in 1m 22.275s, followed by Lewis Hamilton from McLaren Mercedes with a time of 1m 22.752s and his colleague Jenson Button that did his quickest lap in 1m 22.777s.

Here are the results of the qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix held at Monza:

Q3

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.275s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.725s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 22.777s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 22.841s
5. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 22.972s
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 23.188s
7. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 23.530s
8. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 23.777s
9. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 24.477s
10. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault no time Q3

Q2

11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 24.163s
12. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 24.209s
13. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 24.648s
14. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 24.726s
15. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 24.845s
16. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 24.932s
17 Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 25.065s

Q1
18. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 25.334s
19. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 26.647s
20 Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 27.184s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 27.591s
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 27.609s
23. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 28.054s
24 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 28.231s

As for the race itself, Vettel only had a problem maintaining the lead of the race at the beginning when Alonso from Ferrari had an excellent start, overtaking three pilots on the first corner. Shortly after that, Vettel grabbed the first position and didn’t let it go until the end of the race. With this eight win, the Red Bull pilot can win the championship as early as the next race.

The highlight of the race was without any doubt the long and interesting battle between Hamilton and Schumacher. The seven times world champion managed to stay in front of the British driver for several laps while Hamilton was trying to pass in every possible place on the circuit. From this battle, Button benefited the most and he got in front of both drivers, later on overtaking Fernando Alonso as well, securing the 2nd place of the race. As for Schumacher, he eventually had to let Hamilton take over his position.

There were lots of retired cars as both Saubers failed to finish the race, while Mark Webber had to abandon the race after an accident at the beginning of the race. Liuzzi from HRT Cosworth, Nico Rosberg from Mercedes and Petrov from Renault are some of the other drivers that didn’t make it to the finish line.

Here are the race results:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 53 laps 1hr 20m 46.172s
2. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 09.5s
3. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 16.9s
4. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes +00m 17.4s
5. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 32.6s
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 42.9s
7. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap
8. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes +1 lap
9. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault-Renault +1 lap
10. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari +1 lap

11. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth +1 lap
13. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault +2 laps
14. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault +2 laps
15. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth +2 laps
16. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth +14 laps

Rtd. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 32 laps completed
Rtd. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 21 laps completed
Rtd. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 9 laps completed
Rtd. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 4 laps completed
Rtd. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1 lap completed
Rtd. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 0 laps completed
Rtd. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 0 laps completed
Rtd. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 0 laps completed

Here are the race results:

After 13 GPs so far, the drivers’ standings for the 2011 F1 championship are:

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 284
2 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 172
3 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 167
4 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 167
5 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 158
6 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 82
7 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 56
8 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 52
9 Vitaly Petrov Russian Renault 34
10 Nick Heidfeld German Renault 34
11 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 27
12 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 24
13 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari 16
14 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari 13
15 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 12
16 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 8
17 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Williams-Cosworth 4
18 Bruno Senna Brazilian Renault 2
19 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Cosworth 1
20 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish Sauber-Ferrari 0
21 Jarno Trulli Italian Lotus-Renault 0
22 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Lotus-Renault 0
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian HRT-Cosworth 0
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgian Virgin-Cosworth 0
25 Timo Glock German Virgin-Cosworth 0
26 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0
27 Daniel Ricciardo Australian HRT-Cosworth 0
28 Karun Chandhok Indian Lotus-Renault 0

 

As for the manufacturers’ standings, the situation is pretty clear at the top:

Pos Team Points
1 RBR-Renault 451
2 McLaren-Mercedes 325
3 Ferrari 254
4 Mercedes 108
5 Renault 70
6 Force India-Mercedes 36
7 Sauber-Ferrari 35
8 STR-Ferrari 29
9 Williams-Cosworth 5
10 Lotus-Renault 0
11 HRT-Cosworth 0
12 Virgin-Cosworth 0

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Vettel Wins Belgian Grand Prix


The current world champion Sebastian Vettel managed to win today’s Belgian Grand Prix organized at Spa-Francorchamps, although F1 experts were saying before this weekend that Ferrari will win. Not only did Vettel win, but in second place came his colleague, Mark Webber. This result probably marks the end of the battle for this year’s drivers’ championships but also the confrontation for the manufacturers’ championship where the situation is pretty clear.

Although Vettel had a slow start and he lost the first place, he made a smart move in lap 14 when he decided to make a pit stop when the Safety Car was on the circuit. After that, he managed to overtake Webber and Ferrari’s Alonso, en route to his seventh victory of the season. Towards the end of the race, Webber recovered some of the lost terrain, but he was still too far to beat Vettel and probably the team orders wouldn’t have permitted this move anyway. It was a great race for the Australian, who although had a disappointing start where he dropped to eight place, he managed to cross the finish line in second place.

The last spot on the podium was grabbed by Button who although started the race in 13th place, in the second part of the race he was very fast, managing to overtake Schumacher, Sutil, Massa and Rosberg in just five laps. His teammate, Lewis Hamilton, wasn’t as lucky as he ended his race after only 14 laps. After his first pit stop he was fifth, right behind Kobayashi and he managed to overtake him. However, Kobayashi didn’t give up and there was a collision, from which Hamilton had to quit the race after serious damage to his car, which probably compromised his chances of hoping for the F1 title this year.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso had a rather disappointing race, finishing in fourth place, after being overtaken by Alonso, Webber and Button.

In my humble opinion, the best driver on the track today was Michael Schumacher, who managed to finish the race in fifth place, although he started it from the last position of the grid. This weekend marks 20 years since the multiple world champion joined the fabulous world of F1. Right behind him was his teammate Rosberg, who during the first five laps of the race he was in 1st place.

The next Grand Prix will be next weekend at the legendary Monza track, which will be the home of the Italian GP, where at least theoretically, Ferrari has the first chance to grab the victory. However, after seeing what Red Bull is capable of, it probably won’t be a surprise if Vettel or Webber will snatch the win once again.

Here are the full results of the 2011 Belgian Grand Prix held at Spa- Francorchamps:

Pos Driver Nat Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull
2 Mark Webber AUS Red Bull +3.7
3 Jenson Button GBR McLaren +9.6
4 Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari +13.0
5 Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes +47.4
6 Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes +48.6
7 Adrian Sutil GER Force India +59.7
8 Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari +66.0
9 Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault +71.9
10 Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams +77.6
11 Paul di Resta GBR Force India +83.9
12 Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber +91.9
13 Bruno Senna BRA Renault +92.9
14 Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus +1 lap
15 Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus +1 lap
16 Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams +1 lap
17 Jerome d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin +1 lap
18 Timo Glock GER Virgin +1 lap
19 Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Hispania +1 lap
DNF Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren DNF
DNF Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso DNF
DNF Sergio Perez MEX Sauber DNF
DNF Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso DNF
DNF Daniel Ricciardo AUS Hispania DNF

After 12 races so far, here are how things look in the drivers’ standings:

Pos Driver Nationality Team Points
1 Sebastian Vettel German RBR-Renault 259
2 Mark Webber Australian RBR-Renault 167
3 Fernando Alonso Spanish Ferrari 157
4 Jenson Button British McLaren-Mercedes 149
5 Lewis Hamilton British McLaren-Mercedes 146
6 Felipe Massa Brazilian Ferrari 74
7 Nico Rosberg German Mercedes 56
8 Michael Schumacher German Mercedes 42
9 Vitaly Petrov Russian Renault 34
10 Nick Heidfeld German Renault 34
11 Kamui Kobayashi Japanese Sauber-Ferrari 27
12 Adrian Sutil German Force India-Mercedes 24
13 Sebastien Buemi Swiss STR-Ferrari 12
14 Jaime Alguersuari Spanish STR-Ferrari 10
15 Sergio Perez Mexican Sauber-Ferrari 8
16 Paul di Resta British Force India-Mercedes 8
17 Rubens Barrichello Brazilian Williams-Cosworth 4
18 Pastor Maldonado Venezuelan Williams-Cosworth 1
19 Pedro de la Rosa Spanish Sauber-Ferrari 0
20 Jarno Trulli Italian Lotus-Renault 0
21 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italian HRT-Cosworth 0
22 Bruno Senna Brazilian Renault 0
23 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgian Virgin-Cosworth 0
24 Heikki Kovalainen Finnish Lotus-Renault 0
25 Timo Glock German Virgin-Cosworth 0
26 Narain Karthikeyan Indian HRT-Cosworth 0
27 Daniel Ricciardo Australian HRT-Cosworth 0
28 Karun Chandhok Indian Lotus-Renault 0

And here’s the situation in the manufacturers’ standings:

Pos Team Points
1 RBR-Renault 426
2 McLaren-Mercedes 295
3 Ferrari 231
4 Mercedes 98
5 Renault 68
6 Sauber-Ferrari 35
7 Force India-Mercedes 32
8 STR-Ferrari 22
9 Williams-Cosworth 5
10 Lotus-Renault 0
11 HRT-Cosworth 0
12 Virgin-Cosworth 0

Vettel Grabs Last-Minute Pole At Spa


It was a very exciting Q3 this Saturday at Spa, where current world champion Sebastian Vettel managed to grab the pole position in the dying moments of the qualifying session, beating Lewis Hamilton’s time only by a little . Vettel did his fastest lap in 1m 48.298s while Hamilton came in second with 1m 48.730s, followed by Mark Webber that managed to complete a lap in 1m 49.376s.

The big surprise of this qualifying session was Felipe Massa how will start tomorrow at Spa from the fourth place of the grid, thanks to its fastest lap in Q3 of 1m 50.256s. In fifth place we shall see Nico Rosberg that did a lap in 1m 50.552s, while right behind him is Jaime Alguersuari with his time of 1m 50.773s.

On the 7th place of the grid tomorrow will start Bruno Senna who did a lap of the track in 1m 51.121s while Fernando Alonso from Ferrari only managed a very disappointing 8th place with a time of 1m 51.251s.

Here are the full results of the qualifying session for the Belgium Grand Prix held at Spa- Francorchamps:

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT TIME
1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1:48.298
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1:48.730
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1:49.376
4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 1:50.256
5. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 1:50.552
6. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:50.773
7. Bruno Senna Brazil Renault 1:51.121
8. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 1:51.251
9. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1:51.374
10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault 1:52.303

Q2
11. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2:04.692
12. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 2:04.757
13. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 2:05.150
14. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 2:07.349
15. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 2:07.777
16. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 2:08.106
17. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 2:08.354

Q1
18. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 2:07.758
19. Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 2:08.773
20. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 2:09.566
21. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 2:11.601
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 2:11.616
23. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 2:13.077
24. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP No Time

Button Wins On Rainy Hungaroring

It was a great Sunday for McLaren’s Jenson Button as not only he made his 200th start in F1 but he also managed to win the race in some difficult conditions caused by the rain. The former world champion successfully grabbed the first position after a race where the rain came and went throughout the entire length.

Most of the race was led by Lewis Hamilton but due to a poor tire choice he lost his lead and even worse for Lewis is that he had to make a drive through penalty, causing him to lose a lot of time, dropping to sixth place. In the end he came in fourth position, behind Ferrari’s Alonso and in front of Webber.

Here are the full results of the 2011 Hungary GP, along with the drivers’ and constructors’ standings:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Button        McLaren-Mercedes           1h43:42.337
 2.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +     3.588
 3.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    19.819
 4.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           +    48.338
 5.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    49.742
 6.  Massa         Ferrari                    +  1:17.176
 7.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +     1 lap
 8.  Buemi         Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
 9.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +     1 lap
10.  Alguersuari   Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
11.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +     1 lap
12.  Petrov        Renault                    +     1 lap
13.  Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth          +    2 laps
14.  Sutil         Force India-Mercedes       +    2 laps
15.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +    2 laps
16.  Maldonado     Williams-Cosworth          +    2 laps
17.  Glock         Virgin-Cosworth            +    4 laps
18.  Ricciardo     HRT-Cosworth               +    4 laps
19.  D'Ambrosio    Virgin-Cosworth            +    5 laps
20.  Liuzzi        HRT-Cosworth               +    5 laps

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Vettel       234        1.  Red Bull-Renault          383
 2.  Webber       149        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          280
 3.  Hamilton     146        3.  Ferrari                   215
 4.  Alonso       145        4.  Mercedes                   80
 5.  Button       134        5.  Renault                    66
 6.  Massa         70        6.  Sauber-Ferrari             35
 7.  Rosberg       48        7.  Force India-Mercedes       26
 8.  Heidfeld      34        8.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         22
 9.  Schumacher    32        9.  Williams-Cosworth           4
10.  Petrov        32
11.  Kobayashi     27
12.  Sutil         18
13.  Buemi         12
14.  Alguersuari   10
15.  Di Resta       8
16.  Perez          8
17.  Barrichello    4

Vettel On Pole In Hungary

The current world champion Sebastian Vettel has managed to grab his eight pole this season, out of a total so far of eleven races. Today he was fast the fastest driver during the qualifying session and tomorrow we’ll be seeing him start from the first place of the Hungary GP organized at Hungaroring. RBR’s driver was faster than Lewis Hamilton and Jenson button who came into second and third place.

Tomorrow on the fourth position of the starting lineup we will see Ferrari’s Massa, followed by his teammate Fernando Alonso while Webber only obtained a very disappointing 6th place. Behind him is Paul di Resta, Renault’s Vitaly Petrov, along with Kobayashi, Heidfeld, Barrichello and Alguersuari.

Here are the full results of today’s qualifying session for the Hungariang Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 19.815s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 19.978s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 20.024s
4. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 20.350s
5. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 20.365s
6. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 20.474s
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21.098s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 21.445s
9. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 21..907s
10. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari no time Q3

11. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 22.256s
12. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 22.284s
13 Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 22.435s
14. Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault-Renault 1m 22.470s
15. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 22.684s
16. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 22.979s
17. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth no time Q2

18. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 24.070s
19 Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 24.362s
20 Jarno Trulli Italy Lotus-Renault 1m 24.534s
21. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 26.294s
22 Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 26.323s
23. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 26.479s
24 Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 26.510s

Superb Victory For Hamilton At Nurburgring

It was a great day for F1 fans out there as the Germany GP was the most exciting race of the season. It was a fierce battle for the number one spot between Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber. The current world champion Sebastian Vettel had to settle for fourth place, followed by Felipe Massa.

Hamilton led the race on four different occasions throughout the GP and he eventually managed to cross the finish line in first place, 3.9 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Alonso while in third place came Webber. Vettel grabbed the fourth place during a last-lap pit stop battle with Massa who eventually finished 5th.

Despite the fact that Vettel was not on the podium this weekend, he still has a very relaxing 77-points lead over Mark Webber, 82 points more than Webber and 86 than Alonso so the chances of losing this year’s title are slim.

It was truly an epic race in which the battle for the first places did not include Vettel. Another surprise was seeing the world champion make a mistake on one of the corners when he spun onto the vast run-off area, losing several precious seconds. From that moment on, he struggled to keep up with the drivers in front but he never diminished the gap, on the contrary.

Ahead of Vettel was the trio Hamilton-Webber-Alonso. Right from the start of the race Hamilton went pass Webber and stayed there until the end of lap 12 when Webber grabbed the first place again. Hamilton remained focused and managed to snatch the first spot once again. When Webber went for a pitstop, Hamilton managed to stay in front and from this minor duel Alonso took all the benefits as he went pass both pilots. However, McLaren’s driver was on warmer tires and in the lap 50 he managed to reach the first place once again.

Here are the complete results of the 2011 German GP held at Nurburgring:

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT LAPS TIME/RETIRE
1. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 60 1h37m30.334
2. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari 60 3.980
3. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 60 9.788
4. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 60 47.921
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari 60 52.252
6. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 60 1m26.208
7. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP 59 1 Lap
8. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP 59 1 Lap
9. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
10. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault 59 1 Lap
11. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
12. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
13. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 59 1 Lap
14. Pastor Moldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 59 1 Lap
15. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 1 Lap
16. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 58 2 Laps
17. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 57 3 Laps
18. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 57 3 Laps
19. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 57 3 Laps
20. Karun Chandhok India Lotus-Renault 56 4 Laps
R Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 37
R Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 35 Hydraulics
R Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 16 Engine
R Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault 9 Accident

And here’s how things look in the drivers’ standings after are ten races:

POS DRIVER NATIONALITY ENTRANT POINTS
1. SEBASTIAN VETTEL Germany Red Bull-Renault 216
2. MARK WEBBER Australia Red Bull-Renault 139
3. LEWIS HAMILTON Britain McLaren-Mercedes 134
4. FERNANDO ALONSO Spain Ferrari 130
5. JENSON BUTTON Britain McLaren-Mercedes 109
6. FELIPE MASSA Brazil Ferrari 62
7. NICO ROSBERG Germany Mercedes GP 46
8. NICK HEIDFELD Germany Renault 34
9. VITALY PETROV Russia Renault 32
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER Germany Mercedes GP 32
11. KAMUI KOBAYASHI Japan Sauber-Ferrari 27
12. ADRIAN SUTIL Germany Force India-Mercedes 18
13. JAIME ALGUERSUARI Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 9
14. SERGIO PEREZ Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 8
SEBASTIEN BUEMI Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8
16. RUBENS BARRICHELLO Brazil Williams-Cosworth 4
17. PAUL DI RESTA Britain Force India-Mercedes 2

 

While in the constructors’ standings, the situation is:

POS CONSTRUCTOR POINTS
1. RED BULL-RENAULT 355
2. MCLAREN-MERCEDES 243
3. FERRARI 192
4. MERCEDES GP 78
5. RENAULT 66
6. SAUBER-FERRARI 35
7. FORCE INDIA-MERCEDES 20
8. TORO ROSSO-FERRARI 17
9. WILLIAMS-COSWORTH 4

Webber Takes Pole At Nurburgring

Saturday was an excellent day for Mark Webber who managed to overtake his teammate Sebastian Vettel so in today’s race he is going to start from the first place of the grid. Webber did his fastest lap in his second attempt during the Q3 when he ran a lap in 1m 30.079s. In second place came McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who did his fastest lap in 1m 30.134s while Vettel came in third with 1m 30.2016s.

In fourth came Fernando Alonso with a time of 1m 30.442s while behind him is Massa who did his fastest lap in 1m 30.901s, a little bit faster than Nico Rosberg’s 1m 31.263s. Jenson Button only made a single lap in Q3 and he did it in 1m 31.288s. In today’s race, from the eight place will start Adrian Sutil from Force India who managed a lap time of 1m 32.010s, followed by Renault’s Vitaly Petrov who did it in 1m 32.187s. The top 10 is finished by Michael Schumacher who completed his fastest lap in 1m 32.482s.

Here are the full results of the Nurburgring qualifying session:

1. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.079s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 30.134s
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 30.216s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.442s
5. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.910s
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 31.263s
7. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 31.288s
8. Adrian Sutil Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 32.010s
9. Vitaly Petrov Russia Renault-Renault 1m 32.187s
10. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 32.482s
11. Nick Heidfeld Germany Renault-Renault 1m 32.215s
12. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 32.560s
13. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Cosworth 1m 32.635s
14. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Williams-Cosworth 1m 33.043s
15. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 33.176s
16. Jaime Alguersuari Spain Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 33.698s
17. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 33.786s
18. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 35.599s
19. Timo Glock Germany Virgin-Cosworth 1m 36.400s
20. Karun Chandhok India Lotus-Renault 1m 36.422s
21. Jerome d’Ambrosio Belgium Virgin-Cosworth 1m 36.641s
22. Daniel Ricciardo Australia HRT-Cosworth 1m 37.036s
23. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy HRT-Cosworth 1m 37.011s
24. Sebastien Buemi Switzerland Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 33.546s


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